Crypt Route, Bidean nam Bian

Crypt Route, Bidean nam Bian

Winter has returned to the Highlands, sort of. We had fresh snow yesterday and today, but the freezing levels have still remained quite high, so Michael and I headed up to one of the highest crags in Glencoe; Church Door Buttress on Bidean nam Bian. We didn't encounter the fresh snow until about 900m and at that level, it was saturated.

Fresh snow had been blown into Crypt Route, and crampons (and axes) were definitely useful, particularly after the tight exit and round onto the top of the great arch.

The route provided plenty of fun as always, although I sometimes forget how much of a wriggle some of it really is! On reaching the top of the arch, we made the sensational abseil through the hole and back down to the start.

The freezing level is to drop tonight and hopefully, we'll see some more fresh snow along with the cooler temps. Winter's not over yet!











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